Science Wars Debating Scientific Knowledge and Technology

ISBN-10: 1573929948
ISBN-13: 9781573929943
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 2/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Is science our most precious possession or has our culture elevated science into a false idol? Is technology a useful servant or a malign genie? These questions are at the centre of the 'science wars' currently being waged over the role and future of science and technology in our society. This balanced selection of a variety of perspectives on the hotly contested role of science and technology in contemporary society will clarify this vital debate for both specialists and non-specialists.

Introduction: From Gish to Fish
The Constructivist Challenge
Introduction
Facts and Artifacts
Conclusion to Leviathan and the Air-Pump
The Sociology of Knowledge: Exposition and Critique
A Critique of Shapin and Schaffer
Study Questions
Feminists on Science
Introduction
Feminist Standpoint Epistemology and Strong Objectivity
Feminist Epistemology: Implications for Philosophy of Science
A Critique of Harding on Objectivity
Study Questions
Science and Postmodernism
Introduction
Introduction to Primate Visions
Review of Primate Visions by Donna Haraway
Sokal's Hoax and Selected Responses
Study Questions
Conservative Critiques of Science
Introduction
The Grand Metaphysical Story of Science
Critique of Phillip E. Johnson
Science or Beauty?
Study Questions
References and Further Reading: A Bibliographical Essay
List of Contributors

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